Banks flip flop
Mayor John Banks came to power promising “affordable progress”. Based on the Auckland City Harbour News article on May 28 about the $57 million Rugby World Cup spend-up that council is planning, one has to assume that Mr Banks doesn’t understand the meaning of either word.
At a time when households are tightening their belts, and we are told by the council through the draft annual plan that the city cannot afford desperately needed library and footpath upgrades this year, how does a massive spend-up of $57m fit the definition of affordable?
Even more questionable is how this move contributes to the city’s progress.
For a fraction of the $57m, significant investment could be made in Auckland’s footpaths, libraries, parks, and local communities.
Spending in these areas would contribute far more to Auckland’s long-term progress than a one-off series of rugby-themed parties in 2011.
What is most galling to me as a ratepayer is that Mr Banks and the Citizens & Ratepayers council came into office promising restraint and modest council spending on the world cup.
Now that they are in power their priorities seem to have completely changed.